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• Amazon has launched MLB.TV on Prime Video Channels, allowing Prime members to subscribe to MLB.TV and stream regular season out-of-market baseball games live and on-demand, all from the Prime Video service.

• WWE said it would move its global headquarters to a new office complex in Stamford, Conn, where WWE is now headquartered, to “allow the company to bring together its operations, including its production studios and corporate offices at its new site.” The move is expected to take place in early 2021.

• “Inspired by the intersection of past and future,” Foot Locker is launching the Discover Your Air Network, featuring “cable network-inspired programming for the ultimate sneakerhead” filled with Nike Air Max content, news and product. People will be able to view DYA Network content on Foot Locker's Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Snapchat channels.

NBA2K League has unveiled the match-ups and tournaments for the second season, with $1.2M prizes Begins 4-2.

• ESPN and UFC have extended their deal, naming ESPN+ as the exclusive distributor of UFC Pay-Per-View events in the U.S. through 2025, beginning with UFC 236: Holloway vs. Poirier 2 on April 13. UFC’s alliance with ESPN, which began in January, also has been extended through 2025

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

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Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

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Weekend Box Office March 15-17
1. Captain Marvel $69.3M
2. Wonder Park $16M
3. Five Feet Apart $13.2M
4. How To Train Your Dragon: Hidden World $9.4M
5. Madea Family Funeral $8M
6. No Manches Frida 2 $3.9M
7. Captive State $3.2M
8. Lego Movie 2 $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel $1.9M
10. Green Book $1.3M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Apr112017

Led By Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Cubs, MLB Teams Average Record $1.5B In Value

By Barry Janoff

April 11, 2017: Stating that "long gone are the days when MLB was replete with teams bleeding cash," a new report reveals that the average value of MLB’s 30 teams has topped a record $1.53 billion, driven by "new local television deals that are increasing at roughly a two-fold rate, as well as surge in profitability."

MLB was led by the New York Yankees, valued at $3.7 billion (up 9% versus 2016), a spot the franchise has now had for 20 consecutive seasons, according to the 20th annual Baseball Team Values from Forbes.

The Top Five also includes the Los Angeles Dodgers ($2.75 billion, up 10%), Boston Red Sox ($2.7 billion, up 17%), World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.67 billion, up 22%) and the San Francisco Giants ($2.65 billion, up 18%).

The Top Ten also includes the New York Mets ($2 billion, up 21%), St. Louis Cardinals ($1.8 billion) up 12%), Los Angeles Angels ($1.75 billion, up 31%), Philadelphia Phillies ($1.65 billion, up 34%) and the Washington Nationals ($1.6 billion, up 23%).

The Toronto Blue Jays (No. 16) moved up six spots from last year, with a valuation of $1.3 billion, a 44% increase from 2016.

At the low end were seven franchises Forbes valued below $1 billion, including the AL champion Cleveland Indians ($920 million), Cincinnati Reds ($915 million), Oakland A's ($880 million) and the Tampa Bay Rays ($825 million).

It certainly pays to have Theo Epstein as a GM/president — the Red Sox (2002-2011) and Cubs (2012-present) are both among the Top 4 MLB teams in value. Just as it pays to win the World Series, with only the Kansas City Royals not among the Top 10 highest valued teams to have won a championship since 2006.

The MLB average value of teams was second behind the NFL ($2.39 billion) but ahead of the top 20 teams worldwide in soccer ($1.49 billion), the NBA ($1.36 billion) and the NHL ($517 million).

MLB’s rise in value was also reflected in the 2017 Fan Loyalty Index from Brand Keys, NY, which showed that MLB for the first time in a decade passed the NFL as No. 1 among fans

According to Forbes, "Values were driven higher by new local television deals that are increasing at roughly a two-fold rate, as well as surge in profitability."
 
"During the past (few) years, the average MLB team has increased in value at an 11.5% rate unlike, say, 15 years ago when as many as a third of the teams were losing money on an operating basis," Mike Ozanian, assistant managing editor for Forbes, said in a statement. "There are a few teams losing money today, which is a big reason why values have increased."

In 2016, MLB’s 30 teams posted a record average operating income of $34 million, 52% more than the 2015 season, which was the previous record.

The Dodgers had the highest Opening Day payroll this season at $225.6 million, according to Forbes.

They were followed by the Detroit Tigers ($199.98 million), the Yankees ($195.3 million), Giants ($181.5 million), Red Sox ($178.8 million) and the Cubs ($176.8 million).

At the other end of the roster, the five teams with the lowest Opening Day payrolls were the Pittsburgh Pirates ($91.5 million), Oakland A’s ($81.7 million), Tampa Bay Rays ($71.4 million), San Diego Padres ($61.4 million) and the Milwaukee Brewers ($60.8 million).

The average MLB Opening Day payroll was $135.5 million, according to Forbes.

Adding to MLB’s profit status, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, equally owned by each of MLB’s 30 teams, is worth approximately $15.5 billion, which includes its BAMTech division, valued at some $3.5 billion.

Baseball’s stakes in BAMTech and MLBAM could contribute between $400 million-$500 million in value to each of baseball’s 30 teams, per Forbes.

MLB Team Values
1.  New York Yankees $3.7B
2.  Los Angeles Dodgers $2.75B
3.  Boston Red Sox $2.7B
4.  Chicago Cubs $2.68B
5. San Francisco Giants $2.65B
6.  New York Mets $2B
7.  St. Louis Cardinals $1.8B
8. Los Angeles Angels $1.75B
9. Philadelphia Phillies $1.65B
10. Washington Nationals  $1.6B
11. Texas Rangers $1.55B
12. Atlanta Braves $1.5B
13. Houston Astros $1.45B
14. Seattle Mariners $1.4B
15. Chicago White Sox $1.35B
16. Toronto Blue Jays $1.3B
17. Pittsburgh Pirates $1.25B
18. Detroit Tigers $1.2B
19. Baltimore Orioles $1.18B
20. Arizona Diamondbacks $1.15B
21. San Diego Padres $1.13B
22. Minnesota Twins $1.03B
23. Colorado Rockies $1B
24. Kansas City Royals $950M
25. Miami Marlins $940M
26. Milwaukee Brewers $925M
27. Cleveland Indians $920M
28. Cincinnati Reds $915M
29. Oakland A’s $880M
30. Tampa Bay Rays $825M
SOURCE: FORBES

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